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    Lavish Illustrations by Richard Doyle

    Richard Doyle. In Fairyland, a Series of Pictures from the Elf-World by Richard Doyle. With a Poem, by William Allingham. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1870.

    First edition. Folio. 31 pages. Sixteen chromolithograph plates.

    Later half polished morocco over marbled boards. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spine. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Inked sentiment from previous owner on blank preliminary page. In custom slipcase. Near fine.

    Richard Doyle (uncle of Arthur Conan Doyle) started his career as an illustrator for Punch, but soon left the magazine to provide book illustrations to such literary figures as Dickens and Thackeray; however, it was the work he did illustrating children's fairy tales that secured his fame. In Fairyland was the high-water mark of his fantastic art. Though dated 1870, the book appeared in book stores during the Christmas season of 1869. A contemporary book reviewer for the magazine The Month comments favorably: "As for the pictures of Fairyland, amidst the grave, the political, above all, the endless scientific publications that weigh down on our poor nineteenth century brains, these pictures are a perfect balm and medicine. The severest of students will rejoice in them."

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